Social justice advocates group at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington could face criminal charges if they continue to intimidate fellow students and faculty members.
It all started when Professor Bret Weinstein, a biology professor, was labeled as racist and was forced out after a severe backlash from students. His crime? He voiced his disapproval of Latino students forcing White students off campus during the “Day of Absence” in May.
The situation worsened as some of the students at the college presented a list of demands to the College President George Bridges, whom they severely threatened and harassed to the point where the president couldn’t even use the restroom if not escorted by the students. Bridges eventually gave into the demands, one of which included ending homework. It was further noted that some of the students even began carrying bats to campus and called it an act of “community policing.”
However, it was one student, McKenzie Kyger, that broke her silence and told the board that her fellow students had labelled her as a white supremacist, also because she disagreed with some of their actions. She further confessed that she wasn’t allowed to speak at meetings simply because of the color of her skin and argued the college had become an “unsafe place.”
“This behavior has actually been encouraged and because of this I feel like people are becoming more violent and the campus is becoming more of an unsafe place. I have been to several meetings to speak. I’ve been told several times that I’m not allowed to speak because I’m white,” Kyger said.
“This school seems to focus so much on race that it is actually becoming more racist in a different sort of way. And because I say that — because I choose not to focus on race I have actually been labeled a racist and a white supremacist. If anyone took the time to actually know me, it’s not true at all,” Kyger added.
Weinstein also broke silence and indicated that harassment that some students and college staff were facing. “Do you know that the college descended into literal anarchy. For days the campus was not under control of the state, it was under the control of protesters. There were assaults, there were batteries, there was pressure not to report crimes to the police. People were, by the legal definition I believe, kidnapped and imprisoned. That included faculty members and administrators. Others were hunted on the campus.”
“Lawless bands roamed the campus unimpeded. Police were physically and intentionally blocked by protesters. Police were cruelly, systematically and personally taunted. They were humiliated and forced to stand down by the president. Students that held different opinions were, by the protesters own analysis, stalked, harassed … their names, pictures, addresses, and phone numbers were distributed online.
“Do you know that although the code of conduct is supposed to protect all of us that Dr. Bridges decided to selectively suspend it, giving some students license to threaten others.”
Not everyone agreed with Weinstein and Kyger, and most demanded that the board to “strategically and thoughtfully choose to listen, find and tell the stories of what happened, stories that understand social change to be messy and righteous, difficult and necessary.” However, the verdict is finally in, as a memo sent out by Washington’s Evergreen State College’s administrators to student body indicated that the actions taken by the Washington’s Evergreen State College’s administrators had been illegal and could be subjected to criminal charges in the future. “In the future, individuals could be charged with crimes including obstructing law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and/or unlawful imprisonment,” the memo stated. “Preventing a law enforcement officer from responding could place community members at great risk. Blocking egress doors is a violation of fire codes. This action endangered everyone in the Library.”